Severe weather is expected in Santa Barbara County tonight, March 29, into early Thursday morning. The National Weather Service predicts an increased risk for thunderstorms with strong rain, significant wind speeds, lightning, hail, and a remote chance of small and brief tornados or waterspouts. Take steps to secure items that could be picked up by strong winds and be ready in the event of power outages. If severe weather occurs, people should seek shelter indoors, in the most interior room, away from windows. Remain vigilant and stay alert to changing weather conditions. For the latest weather updates, visit www.weather.gov/lox.